AES Resource list during COVID-19

Arts Extension Service continues to be dedicated in supporting artists and arts organizations through education and information. Find a list below of resources of opportunities for artists, arts managers, and arts instructors. We are updating this list weekly. Find additional shared resources on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

See a message from Dee Boyle-Clapp, Director of Arts Extension Service, about arts organizations navigating the coronavirus (CONVID-19) in this time of crisis.

General Resource Lists

  • National Endowment for the Arts
    A list of art service organizations that are providing frequently updated news and resources for artists and arts organizations. 
  • Americans for the Arts
    An up-to-date news and resources for the arts and culture field.
  • Creative Capital
    A list of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists, and arts professionals. As well as a list of arts events that have moved online.
  • ArtsReady Resource Library
    ArtsReady, an online emergency preparedness service by and for arts/cultural nonprofits, provides arts organizations with customized business continuity plans for post-crisis sustainability.
  • Assets for Artists
    A list of resources to assist artists in a time of crisis, specifically focused on New England.
  • Freelance Artists Resource List
    An aggregated list of free resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines, specifically meant to serve freelance artists.
  • Artists Thrive
    A compilation of resources, tools and opportunities that aim to provide artists and those who work with artists support to be able to thrive in the wake of these challenging circumstances.
  • MassProduction Coalition Resource List. Includes Small Business financial resources.
    A list of resources and relief efforts kept up-to-date with new policies and initiatives as they become available.

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Emergency Funding Sources & General Grants

  • Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant
    The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant program is intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation.
  • American Documentary Artist Emergency Fund
    In the face of a global health pandemic and related self-isolating protocols, American Documentary has relaunched its Artist Emergency Fund with a revised framework and set of guidelines designed to quickly turn around support to as many filmmakers as possible. They invite documentary directors or documentary producers to submit an application for 1 specific "healthy living" need: (1) food; (2) immediate health needs; or (3) health insurance.
  • Anonymous is a Woman
    Up to $2,500 grants available to women-identifying visual artists over the age of 40 in the United States to assist artists who are experiencing financial hardship due to lost income or opportunity as a result of COVID-19 and the subsequent economic shock.
  • Arts Writers
    The Arts Writers grant supports both emerging and established writers who are writing about contemporary visual art. Ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 in three categories—articles, books, and short-form writing—these grants support projects addressing both general and specialized art audiences, from short reviews for magazines and newspapers to in-depth scholarly studies. Due May 20, 2020.
  • Artist Relief Fund
    A $10 million national emergency relief fund for artists and creative workers provides $5,000 no-strings-attached grants for anyone who earns income from their creative or artistic practice and who has also been affected by COVID-19.
  • Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
    A fund setup to support of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists AND administrators (consultants, facilitators, box office staff, seasonal/temporary employees, etc.) who have been financially impacted due to COVID-19.
  • Artists' Charitable Fund
    Artists' Charitable Fund assists American visual fine artists (painters and sculptors) living anywhere in the United States by paying a portion of their medical / dental / eye-care bills.
  • Artists' Fellowship, Inc.
    The Artists’ Fellowship provides emergency aid to professional visual artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship.
  • Authors League Fund
    The Authors League Fund helps professional authors, journalists, poets, and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income, or other misfortune.
  • AGMA Relief Fund - American Guild of Musical Artists
    The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Relief Fund provides support and temporary financial assistance to members who are in need.
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation - Community Based Archives
    Call for Proposals to Community-Based Archives ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 to organizations with an annual operating budget of at least $50,000 and no more than $1 million. The registration deadline is June 26, 2020; applications must be submitted by July 1, 2020.
  • The Blues Foundation HART Fund - for Blues musicians
    The Blues Foundation established the HART Fund (Handy Artists Relief Trust) for Blues musicians and their families in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns.
  • Boston Artist Relief Fund
    The Boston Artist Relief Fund will award grants of $500 and $1000 to individual artists who live in Boston whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
  • Boston Foundation Covid-19 Response Fund
    The COVID-19 Response Fund will award one-time operating grants on a rolling basis to non-profits whose operations in support of seniors, children, immigrants, workers and other vulnerable populations have been stressed by the outbreak.
  • Boston Music Maker Relief Fund
    A fund to provide financial relief to Boston area music makers experiencing lost income as the result of performance cancellations related to COVID-19.
  • Boston Singers Relief Fund
    As an immediate response to the current situation, BSRF is offering one-time grants to reimburse individual classical singers for (some or all of) the income they lost due to COVID-19 related cancellations.
  • Boston Dance Alliance Dance Relief Fund
    Designed to support freelance dancers, choreographers/dancemakers, dance teachers, and teaching artists in any dance genre who have lost income due to cancelled or postponed paid rehearsals, performances, and teaching.
  • Bridgesong Fund
    The Institute for the Musical Arts is offering an emergency relief for western Massachusetts women, nonbinary, and genderqueer artists of color.
  • Cambridge Community Foundation
    Grants of up to $1000 to artists who have lost income and live, work, create, and/or perform in Cambridge. Arts organizations that employ artists and performers and/or train future ones can receive up to $5000. Applications accepted through September 2020.
  • Cerf+
    CERF+’s emergency relief grants provide immediate financial assistance to eligible artists working in craft disciplines (such as woodworkers, fiber artists, metalsmiths, glass artists, potters, and furniture makers) after career threatening emergencies.
  • Co—Conspirator Press
    Open call for proposals of unpublished manuscripts to be included in a published book. Due May 31, 2020
  • Craft Futures Fund
    From May 2020 - October 2020, the Center for Craft is awarding unrestricted grants of $5,000 to craft-based education projects that promote resilience, strengthen community, and amplify impact. Applications open June 3 and due June 12.
  • Dramatists Guild Emergency Fund
    DGF provides emergency financial assistance to individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and book writers in dire need of funds due to severe hardship or unexpected illness.
  • Equal Sounds fund for musicians
    The Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund was set up on short notice to provide direct financial assistance to musicians who have lost work as a result of Corona-related event cancellations.
  • Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant
    If you are seeking relief for a canceled performance or exhibition due to COVID-19 you can apply for support from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund.
  • Haven Foundation
    The mission of The Haven Foundation is to offer interim financial assistance to freelance professionals in the arts who face crises.
  • Jazz Foundation Musicians Emergency Fund
    The Jazz Foundation’s Musicians’ Emergency Fund provides housing assistance, pro bono medical care, disaster relief and direct financial support in times of crisis.
  • Keep NYS Creating Project Grants
    The program will award $1,000 project grants specifically for artists in New York State. Applications open June 9 and close June 17.
  • Max’s Kansas City Project
    The Max’s Kansas City Project provides emergency funding & resources to professionals in the creative arts. Individuals who have made their living through their art form either professionally or personally and demonstrate a financial need for medical aid, legal aid or housing.
  • Mayer Foundation grant 
    The Mayer Foundation provides economic relief to individuals, make grants for organizations educational, literary, cultural, humanitarian, scientific, health-care related and other charitable purposes, and award scholarship benefits and student aid to high school, undergrad, and graduate students.
  • Massachusetts Small Business Recovery Loan
    The Baker-Polito Administration offers economic support for small businesses with a $10 million loan fund to provide financial relief to those that have been affected by COVID-19.
  • Mass.Gov Empowerment Grant for Small Businesses
    Available to small businesses in Gateway Cities in the Commonewealth. Applicants may request up to $2,500 for the proposed need. Due May 29.
  • Musicians Foundation
    Grants for musicians of any genre in a time of acute need, due to personal, medical, dental, or family crisis, natural disaster, or other emergency situation.
  • MusiCares Coronavirus Relief Fund
    The Recording Academy® and its affiliated charitable foundation MusiCares® have established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help our peers in the music community affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • National Coalition for Arts' Preparedness & Emergency Response (NCAPER)
    NCAPER helps you fostering relationships with providers in the emergency services sector. Their list of organizations can assist with reestablishing your art practice and keeping you apprised of funding opportunities.
  • New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) Emergency Relief Funds
    Emergency artist relief funds in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. With a list of where to apply for emergency artist relief funds in each state.
  • Pen America - Emergency Funds for Writers List
    A listing of national and regional emergency grants available to writers in acute financial crisis.
  • Rauschenberg Emergency Grants
    The program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical emergencies. Grants are available to visual and media artists and choreographers.
  • Seattle Artist's Relief Fund
    This fund is for individual artists who live in the greater Seattle area.
  • SBA Disaster Relief Loans
    Federal disaster relief loans for small businesses.
  • Sustainable Arts Foundation
    The Sustainable Arts Foundation supports artists and writers with children.
  • Springboard for the Arts (for Minnesota artists)
    The Personal Emergency Relief Fund helps artists in Minnesota recover from personal emergencies by helping pay an unanticipated, emergency expense. In response to COVID-19 guidelines have been expanded to include lost income due to the cancellation of a specific, scheduled gig or opportunity (i.e. commissions, performances, contracts) due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 precautionary measures.
  • COVID-19: Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund
    Theatre Bay Area is providing relief funding for performing artists who are experiencing a loss of income in relation to COVID-19.
  • Theatre Community Benevolent Fund
    This fund provides between $500 and $1,500 to individuals involved in theater, and between $1,000 and $6,000 to companies. Rolling deadline, application reviewed weekly.
  • Tristate Relief Fund
    Emergency relief grant program will provide one-time unrestricted cash grants of $2,000 to Tri-State (NY, NJ, & CT) non-salaried workers in the visual arts who have experienced financial hardship from lack of income or opportunity as a direct result of the COVID-19 crisis.The funds will be administered by the New York Foundation for the Arts. Multiple cycles available

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Instructor Resources

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Enjoyment of the Arts Online

  • Ailey All Access
    For a limied time, get access to Alvin Ailey’s ‘Revelations’ in its in entirety from your own home. Find videos of performances and other ways to connect with the Ailey organizatio in Ailey All Access.
  • Extensive list of Virtual Museums
    A categorized list of museums, exhibits, online collections, etc. that you can explore from the safety of your home while social distancing.
  • Google Arts and Culture
    Google Arts & Culture has collaborated with over 1,200 museums, galleries and institutions in 70 countries to make their exhibits available for everyone online. Start exploring, now.
  • Art Institute of Chicago
    Wherever you are, whatever the time, Art Institute of Chicago’s online resources are always here to connect you to their collection of art from around the world—whether you’re seeking inspiration, community, or a little adventure.
  • Asian Art Museum
    Explore the collections and exhibits of the museum that is home to one of the world’s finest collections of Asian art, boasting more than 18,000 awe-inspiring artworks ranging from ancient jades and ceramics to contemporary video installations.
  • Connect the Arts 
    A community of people who work in the arts, and people who love the arts. Artists of all kinds–painters, musicians, designers, technicians, writers, art collectives, arts organizations, and more– tell their stories, share events and opportunities, and connect with people who’ll love what they’re creating.
  • Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
    While currently unable to present live concerts, CMS is committed to continue bringing the best chamber music to people all over the globe through weekly curated playlists and daily releases of archival video and audio
  • Banksy's Murals
    12 murals by mysterious graffiti artist Banksy that you can see from Street View.
  • British Museum
    The Museum of the World is an interactive experience through time, continents, and cultures, featuring some of the most fascinating objects in human history.
  • Broadway Living Room Concerts
    With Broadway going dark for the first prolonged period of time since 2007, Broadway stars are getting creative about staying home and sharing their favorite songs from musicals.
  • Guggenheim
    Explore online exhibits and collections of the Guggenheim that is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods, through exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications. 
  • Louvre
    Digitally visit the world’s largest art museum with 360 degree tours inside and out.
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Explore the online collections and exhibits of the largest art museum in the United States.
  • Met Opera
    “Nightly Met Opera Streams” are available every evening throughout the time that the Opera remains closed. The performances can be streamed every night at 7:30 p.m. ET (5:30 MT.
  • Minneapolis Walker Art Museum
    Walker Collections reflect a diverse range of artistic output, including painting, sculpture, films, performances, books, artist archives, and more.
  • Musee d'Orsay
    A museum housed in a former Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900. The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography.
  • National Gallery
    The National Gallery of Art – the nation's museum – preserves, collects, exhibits, and fosters an understanding of works of art.
  • National Portrait Gallery
    The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery tells the history of America through visual arts, performing arts and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives tell the American story.
  • National Theatre
    Enjoy world-class theatre online while they are closed.
  • National Museum of African American History and Culture
    The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts.
  • NPR Tiny Desk Concerts
    NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts has made it possible for music lovers to enjoy a performance from their own home. From Baroque to pop, there will be something exciting to tune to.
  • Seattle Symphony Live Streams
    The Seattle Symphony is organizing additional free livestreams and rebroadcasts until the orchestra can return to the Benaroya Hall stage.
  • Tate Britain
    Tate Britain houses a substantial collection of the art of the United Kingdom since Tudor times, and in particular has large holdings of the works of J. M. W. Turner, who bequeathed all his own collection to the nation.
  • The Uffizi Gallery
    The Uffizi Gallery in Florence houses works by Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Botticelli and more.

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Local Focused - Western Massachusetts

  • Assets For Artists Webinars
    A lineup of new crisis-focused webinars with a focus in finacials and business throughout Spring 2020.
  • Easthampton City Arts - Artist Relief Grants
    Artists grants initiative for artists if all kinds that live, work, or have worked in Easthampton, MA
  • Northampton Arts Council - Artist Relief Grants
    The Northampton Arts Council is administering a COVID-19 Artist Relief Grant for all artists and cultural producers who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 and who contribute to the cultural vibrancy of Northampton, Florence, and Leeds. 
  • Pioneer Valley Theatre
    News and events about theatre in the Pioneer Valley. Submit your virtual performance.
  • Mass Cultural Council Grants for Theatre Professionals
    Mass Cultural Council will be offering $1,000 awards to thirty Berkshire-based theatre professionals. A generous donation of $30,000 from the GKV Foundation has helped make this possible. The application deadline is May 29.
  • Valley Artist Directory
    For Western MA visual artists, have your name and info listed as an artist in the region.


  • Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety
    Resources for anxiety and your mental health in a global climate of uncertainty.
  • Covid19 Stories
    A place for art and art-adjacent personal stories during COVID-19. See other's stories and add your own.
  • Digital Resources for Artists to Continue Career Online
    Artwork Archive provides resources for artists to help transition their business onto virtual platforms and bring reassurance during a challenging time. Platforms include video-conferencing, online stores, and more.
  • Performing Arts Network
    A community for performing artists to support & learn from one another during one of the most difficult times for our field.
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